What’s the difference between processed and whole foods?

What’s the difference between processed and whole foods?

This is so important if you are ready to take your health to a new and healthier level.  I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, one of Benjamin Franklin’s favorite quotes.  Choosing to eat mostly whole foods and ditching the processed junk is the best and fastest way to prevent and reverse dis-ease.  So many of the processed food products you see on the market shelves can barely be considered “food” because they...

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Products That Contain Gluten

Unusual gluten containing products to avoid Whether you’re experiencing gluten intolerance symptoms, celiac disease or you simply want to life a gluten-free lifestyle for optimism health reasons (per your doctor’s orders), these gluten containing products should be avoided.  You’ll notice at the end of the list, that food manufacturers use ingredients that are often “code words” for gluten.  This list is intended to help you sharpen your...

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Beans: Powerful Plant Protein

Beans: Powerful Plant Protein

Beans are one of the most powerful, nutrient-dense plant proteins around.  There are so many choices:  creamy cannellinis, meaty garbanzos, sweet adzuki, tender pintos, and so many more to choose from. Consider this: Beans are packed with tons of fiber, as well as plenty of iron and protein. They are rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. They are low in calories. Plus, studies have found them to lower risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. What To Do With...

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Living a Gluten-Free Lifestyle

Living a Gluten-Free Lifestyle

What does it mean to be gluten-free? Until recently, I never knew that wheat has gone through many changes over the years. Once I began to do some heavy research, I learned about the impact this “modern” grain has on our bodies and our even more, on our brains.  Now that my husband and I are gluten-free, we are learning so much about this highly modified grain.  There are literally hundreds of diseases directly linked to the consumption of wheat products.  You...

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Beyond the Salad: Root Vegetables

Beyond the Salad:  Root Vegetables

When you think about healthy eating, salads and green vegetables usually come to mind. But how about adding a little more variety to your plan?  During the cold winter months, salads don’t help to fill you up, ground you or help you stay warm.  Instead, your body needs other grounding foods, like meats and seasonal root vegetables that you can toss easily into a soup or stew or roast in the oven. Root vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, beets and...

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Wheat Withdrawal: 10 Tips for Success

Wheat Withdrawal:  10 Tips for Success

My husband finally made the decision to stop eating wheat a few years ago to has had only a few minor flare ups since.  What a difference is not only how he feels, but in his attitude in general.  He was fortunate enough to not have many wheat withdrawal symptoms because we took it nice and slow. About 4 days into the elimination process, his body was telling him that something had changed and  his body wasn’t happy.  For people like him who crave carbs and eat a lot...

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List of Gluten-Free Foods

List of Gluten-Free Foods

Gluten Free Food List Believe or not, it really is easy to live a gluten-free lifestyle.  You just have to change HOW you think about eating.  There are many food choices to consider when eating gluten-free.  BUT, I’m not talking about grabbing processed gluten-free foods with an attempt to eat in the same way you’ve always eaten. I’m talking about making smart choices when you shop and purchase REAL food–fresh or frozen produce, quality meats that...

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Products That Contain Gluten

Products That Contain Gluten

Gluten Containing Products Whether you’re experiencing gluten intolerance symptoms or you simply want to eliminate gluten-containing foods from your diet, the products on this page should be avoided.  Instead, concentrate on gluten free, brain-healthy foods.  Many are listed here.  Focus on foods that help you maintain or improve brain health and function. Even though this list seems to be long, don’t let it discourage you.  Maintain a strong focus on eating...

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